5. Bruce Bochy’s swan song
Bruce Bochy is a Hall of Fame manager and he will be treated as such in the second half.
He will be making his final visit to parks all over the country, and the season finale at Oracle Park against the rival Los Angeles Dodgers will surely be emotional.
The team needs to go 33-40 in the second half to get Bochy his 2000th managerial win, which would make him just the 11th manager in MLB history to reach that mark and would be a nice round number for him to hang his cap on.
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Given the way that the team has been playing the past month or so, that suddenly seems doable for a team that looked like it would be hard-pressed to win 70 games at the start of the year.
Beyond all the numbers, there are only 73 more games to watch the greatest manager in San Francisco Giants history at the helm.
While some fans may be sick of the nostalgia fest in recent years, with emotional goodbyes to Matt Cain and Hunter Pence, I will always stand up and clap—even though I will be watching on TV—for Giants legends as they walk off into the sunset.
Perhaps the team will be motivated by the fact that this is Bochy’s final run.
I can’t think of a better send-off to truly honor a manager who will be missed than with a great second half of baseball.
The San Francisco Giants are back in action to kick off the second half on Friday against the Milwaukee Brewers.